The Civil Rights : The Progressive Voters League And The Texas Club Of Democratic Voters

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The Civil Rights organizations that developed in Texas for African Americans were the Progressive Voters League and the Texas Club of Democratic Voters disseminated information on voter registration and worked otherwise to inform blacks about politics. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and allied organizations instituted suits against suffrage restrictions and gerrymandered legislative and congressional districts. In 1966, because of the attacks on voting restrictions sent the first blacks since the nineteenth century to the Texas legislature: Barbara Jordon to the state senate, ad Curtis Graves, a graduate of Texas Southern University, and J.E. Lockridge, an attorney from Dallas, to the house. Increased political strength for black Texans doomed de jure segregation, just as voting restrictions in the early twentieth century had made de jure segregation possible. In 1954 and 1956, the Interstate Commerce Commission and the Supreme Court ruled against segregation on buses. The idea of direct confrontation of segregated institutions (rather than relying on lengthy court cases) through nonviolent sit-ins that had begun in 1960 with student protests in Greensboro, North Carolina, spread to Texas. In the protest of segregation, the NAACP along with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), headed by Texan James Farmer, protested against segregation. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and five state acts in 1969 that overturned older Jim Crow…

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